To God be the Glory!
The iServe Africa ministry has continued to break new ground: the introduction of a programme for high school leavers (TransformD), an exchange programme with a Ugandan organisation called Global Link Afrika (Afya Bora), an expanded basic bible handling course that takes place in local churches (Utumishi Course), and a programme that engages society with contemporary issues (Injili Afrika). We also now have a presence in Coast, North and Central Rift and Mt Kenya Regions.
After 18 months of construction, phase one of the building project is now complete. We are using the facility fully and we look forward to hosting teams there. The place has been painted and is looking much brighter and well kept. We trust God that we’ll be able to continue with phase two of the project in 2020, so that we can make better use of the space that we have.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2). We have looked back and praised the Lord for his goodness for bringing us this far. With 12 years passed, it would sound ironic to say that the work has only just began. But looking to the future and with a vision to keep growing and expanding the boundaries of iServe Africa, perhaps to the 52 countries in the continent, it then feels like the work is only beginning. There are many steps to be made, many milestones to be achieved and many dreams to be realised in the work of the gospel, if the Lord tallies. The need for the gospel is ever present, especially in a world full of corruption, immorality and so much bad happening. How dire the need for more to be trained in faithful handling of the word and into servant leadership! This cannot be downplayed and so it is with each programme at iServe Africa, looking to teach people the gospel that they may teach others.
We are grateful for the year 2018 and look forward to a fruitful 2019. Thank you for your tireless support to the apprentices, school leavers, staff and every programme, we are truly grateful for your partnership in the gospel.
We held an Utumishi conference 15 to 17 April at GracePoint Church, Kikuyu. This is geared towards pastors, laity, youth and children workers, bible study leaders, CU leaders etc. Topics that were covered include: bible expositions from Titus, Gospel centred youth ministry, biblical servant leadership, power encounter, and the trellis and the vine. Pray that it would have been successful as we seek to equip gospel workers with bible handling skills. “…to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12)
There was a two-week long training for all the apprentices in April. Please pray that it would have been a fruitful time to again be reminded of the gospel. It was the last training course for the September cohort and second for the January apprentices.
The Samburu mission began in April. The TransformD participants travelled to nothern Kenya to make Jesus known. They have had three months of the programme based in the iServe Africa office and the 27 have undoubtedly grown immensely in their faith. Please pray for them to be bold in proclaiming him and to persevere through the month in the North of Kenya away from their accustomed comforts.
It is one thing to grow up wanting to be a doctor or a nurse and another to never want to even be in a hospital’s proximity. Everlyne Muoki is an apprentice serving in A.C.K. Mt. Kenya Hospital in Kerugoya. She says... “My work is in the IT and Procurement department, which involves system administration and maintenance as well as making purchase orders and receiving them. It has been a great opportunity to grow in my patience and hands-on skills.
“Having grown up with a negative attitude towards hospitals, I could never imagine working in one. It was a shock when I learnt that my placement for the whole of my apprenticeship year would be in a hospital. In the first days it was difficult to deal with the smell of drugs and just the whole hospital environment. I have since adjusted and this has been a huge growth point for me in being able to change my attitude towards the setting and to see it as an avenue to share the gospel and the love of God. Every day we have morning devotions where there is opportunity to share the word of God with the patients and staff.
“On Sundays I help in teaching children in a local church called House of Destiny. This is something new and at first it felt like too hard an activity to engage in. Over time, growth has happened and I now love the ministry to these littles ones, in teaching them the gospel. It has been a good experience and it has been fulfilling to see them respond to the gospel.
“I have grown in my convictions about the gospel since joining the apprenticeship programme, thus becoming more careful whenever I am sharing, not to give a motivational speech or heresy in place of the gospel. I am confident that the Bible is the word of God primarily about God and not about us, which calls for great carefulness in handling it so as to be ‘a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.’ (2 Timothy 2:15) The apprenticeship has been such an opportunity to grow in the gospel and in service to God and his people.”
You can support Everlyne in her ministry by praying that she will continually grow in the Gospel.
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